Dawn with a Duke - Erica Ridley

Dawn with a Duke

By Erica Ridley

  • Release Date: 2020-09-04
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 56 Ratings


From a New York Times bestselling author: Secrets and scandal abound when two strong-willed opposites are snowbound together in this witty, heartwarming romance!

As the daughter of a duke, Lady Isabelle’s pristine reputation is paramount. Her high status is how she’ll attract the titled suitor her mother insists she wed. When Belle’s chaperone falls ill en route to a party, she must pose as an independent widow to avoid gossip. Why not have a wee innocent flirtation with a handsome tailor staying at the same inn? She’ll be gone in the morning…

A sudden blizzard upends Calvin McAlistair’s plans when he’s snowbound at a posting-house. He has no time to play lady’s maid to the helpless beauty next door, no matter how much he enjoys unbuttoning the straitlaced widow. His future depends on impressing an important investor… who will ruin them both once they realize Calvin has spent a scandalous fortnight with Lady Isabelle!

The 12 Dukes of Christmas is a series of heartwarming Regency romps nestled in a picturesque snow-covered village. Twelve delightful romances… and plenty of delicious dukes!


1. Once Upon a Duke
2. Kiss of a Duke
3. Wish Upon a Duke
4. Never Say Duke
5. Dukes, Actually
6. The Duke's Bride
7. The Duke's Embrace
8. The Duke's Desire
9. Dawn with a Duke
10. One Night with a Duke
11. Ten Days with a Duke
12. Forever Your Duke


  • Dawn with a Duke by Erica Ridley

    By Old guy in Fla
    Erica Ridley’s historical romances never disappoint & always titillates your curiosity & imagination❣️. Dawn with a Duke is about Belle, daughter of a Duke, & Calvin, a genius & creative tailor, both of whom are trapped in a snowstorm at a posting inn on their way to Cressmouth (known as Christmas throughout England). Belle is an artist & as a woman can only work under a male pseudonym‼️ Calvin, though, admires her talent & she ends up illustrating his creations for his new venture! Read the book & enjoy the author’s beautiful descriptions of Belle’s paintings, snowy landscapes & meet the supporting characters‼️👍. I preordered Night with a Duke, the next in the Dukes of Christmas series! I guarantee you’ll enjoy many hours of reading pleasure with any & all of Erica’s novels❣️🥰. Carol R. Florida USA
  • Fit for a Duke

    By LisanneH
    Fit for a Duke. Well, an uncommonly talented tailor and fashion designer, named Calvin. What I liked? It was utterly refreshing to have our hero a tailor who is exceptional at his craft and his innovative business venture ala pret-a-porter Fit for a Duke. Loved that Calvin is socially awkward and not a rake. He’s charming and so much more interesting than the predictable boring old rake. Belle is a dukes’ sister and has been well trained not to think and that reputation is everything. She often lacks a spine and common sense. Though she is kind and a talented artist, she takes no credit for her work. I liked that they brought out the best in each other when they are snowed in in Houville (just embrace the Christmas themes). Recommend for a charming read that tackles class differences (she’s a lady, he’s a tailor).
  • Loved it

    By Suz Clark
    Dawn with A Duke is book nine in the 12 Dukes of Christmas series. I adored this book. The plot is fresh and unique. Calvin McAlistair is the perfect flawed hero - reclusive, a bit shy, and sometimes a curmudgeon. A man with whom any reader can relate. Lady Isabelle is a delightful heroine. Trapped in the confines of nobility, Belle longs for more in life. Her plight was accurately portrayed - a wealthy woman caught in the expectations of her family and society. Most of these women had very little say in their destiny. This author does a magnificent job weaving the Regency Era and its trappings with a dream-like romance. So far, my favorite book in this series.
  • Buttons

    By Peg1951
    Lady Isabelle and Calvin McAlistair meet when a blizzard strands them at an inn just outside of Cressmouth, the Christmas town. Isabelle to pretend to be a wealthy widow to protect her reputation. Isabelle and Calvin have a lovely dinner. When they go upstairs to retire, Isabelle realizes that with her maid ill with the flu and the inn is short of staff for the same reason, she is going to need help with her buttons. She turns to Calvin for help, and the fun begins. Calvin is a brilliant clothing designer and Isabelle is an extremely talented artist. They work together to produce a catalogue of clothing for Calvin’s new (hopefully) business. The more time they spend together, the stronger their attraction grows. Everything is absolutely wonderful until the snow stops and Isabelle reveals who she really is. What happens now? This is a charming story filled with humor and warmth. The main characters are from different stations, but are perfect for each other. Each of them appreciates the talent of the other. They work and laugh together and make each other feel good. There is no nasty villain and not much angsty drama. I enjoyed and recommend this delightful romantic tale in the spirit of Christmas and Cressmouth, a lovely addition to this happy series. Oh, yeah, there are nine drummers drumming. You and Calvin have to look closely to find them. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. My review is voluntary.
  • Dawn with the Duke

    By Rt2025
    Belle is the daughter and sister of a Duke. She has always felt unwanted and second best. Until, she meant Calvin. Calvin is a tailor with big dreams when he meets Belle. When they collaborate on his project it turns to greatness along with romance.